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By the time he was 11, Zach Hodskins was a shooting guard at Woodland Middle School (Brentwood, Tenn.), cranking out 31 points a game despite regularly being the focus of the opposing team's defense.
Now 16 and a junior at Milton (Alpharetta, Ga.), Hodskins drained seven 3-pointers, most under heavy duress, in a loss to Christ School (Arden, N.C.) on Nov. 16.
All of the above are impressive feats. All are immediately upgraded to mind-boggling when you consider the fact that Hodskins was born with just one hand.
“He is remarkable,” Milton coach Van Keys said. “Watching him play would be amazing anyway because he’s that good, but when you consider what he’s overcome to be so good, it’s almost surreal.”
Hodskins is averaging 12 points per game, shoots an astounding 60 percent from three-point range this year and his coaches say he plays incredibly tenacious defense.
“I know that people who don’t know me sleep on me when I walk on the court,” he said. “They don’t think I can play or they don’t know what to think, but it’s when I hit those first few shots or when I go by them is when they wake up. That’s when they start playing me hard. That’s what I love. I know I’ve just earned their respect. That’s all I want.”
[H/T: USA Today]